Supervision Requirements for Applicants from Non-accredited Courses

Supervision Guidance for Applicants from Non-accredited Courses

The requirements for Accreditation are in Section 7 of the Minimum Training Standards and Criteria 3e, 3f and 4 of the Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist Accreditation Guidelines

Amount of Supervision

To meet accreditation requirements - you must have received at least 40 hours of clinical supervision, with a minimum of five hours’ clinical supervision for each of the eight training cases.

The key principle is that supervision meets your needs as supervisee. You may need more supervision depending on your clients, CBT course and stage of training. 

Individual and Group Supervision

Clinical supervision may be one-to-one or in groups of no more than four. You must have opportunity for individual supervision. 

We use a formula to calculate individual ‘equivalent’ clinical supervision hours received when in a group setting -

The total time spent in the group is divided by the number of supervisees. This time is then doubled.

Example one - four supervisees in a group for two hours -

2 hours divided by 4 = 30 minutes then x2 = 1 hour each.

Example two - three supervisees in a group for 1 hour 45 minutes -

1 hour 45 minutes divided by 3 = 35 minutes x 2 = 1 hour 10 minutes each

Example three - a group of two supervisees are able to ‘count’ all of the time spent in supervision as equal to individual supervision hours.

Content of Supervision

Supervision of your clinical practice must include working with diversity and personal development needs. Clinical supervision is most effective when it includes ‘live’ or ‘close’ supervision as well as other methods such as role play or modelling.

Close Supervision

You must receive ‘close’ or ‘live’ supervision. This is when your supervisor observes your clinical practice either by observing a session as it happens or reviewing a recording. 

For three of your closely supervised cases, you must show that you are competent. A complete treatment session must be marked using a validated scale such as the CTS-r for each of these three cases. The assessor must be trained in using the scale. 

You can find more information in our Close Supervision Guidelines.

There must be live supervision in at least 50% of your supervision sessions during training. Complete clinical sessions or extracts will be reviewed eg – a section where an issue came up in the relationship or a particular technique was used.

Supervision Contracts

You must have a CBT clinical supervision contract. This will include the agreement between you and your supervisor on how your supervision needs will be met. 

Supervision Logs

You must keep a log of your clinical supervision during training, and provide these details on the supervision log within Criterion Four of the Provisional Accreditation application form.

Supervisor's Report

You must provide a current Supervisor’s Report with your application for accreditation. If you have been with your current supervisor for less than six months, you must also supply a report from your previous supervisor. 

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